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Fox's Baier pushes back Trump complaint over carrying Obama speech: We're covering 'an important election fairly'

Fox News host Bret Baier is pushing back on criticism from President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE over airing former President Obama's campaign speech from Florida on Tuesday, with the "Special Report" anchor explaining to viewers "it's what we do to cover an important election fairly."

“You’ve been watching President Trump in Salem, Wis., speaking for almost 42 minutes so far in front of another big crowd,” Baier said Tuesday evening. “We brought you his speech in Lansing, Mich., live earlier today. We also brought you live speeches from Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE in both Warm Springs and Atlanta, Ga., and former president Obama’s speech in Orlando, Fla. All of those carried live on Fox News Channel earlier today.”

“It’s what we do to cover an important election fairly,” Baier continued. “Fair, balanced, and unafraid. We are seven days from election night. We promise we are going to cover it all fairly and get in the news around the world in between the fast-moving political developments.”

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Fox News carried campaign speeches from Trump, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Obama on Tuesday. The president posted his criticism on Twitter as his predecessor was speaking.

"The biggest difference between now and 2016 is @FoxNews," Trump wrote to his more than 87 million followers. "They are a whole different deal. Despite this, our campaign is doing much better, with bigger crowds and even more (much!) enthusiasm, than we had in 2016. Big Debate & SCOTUS Win! Real Polls have us winning everywhere!"

 

Fox News was the only major network to carry the speeches from Trump, Biden and Obama live.